January 30, 2019

Call To Artists - Contributor Application FAQ


Updated January 30, 2019

How do I apply to Stocksy?

All applications go through our Call To Artists page. You will be prompted to fill out a short form to let us know a bit about yourself and then send at least 25 photos and/or 10 videos to our queue to activate your application.


Why should I join Stocksy?

Stocksy is an artist-owned cooperative that was founded upon the principles of equality, respect and the fair distribution of profits. We’re a community of artists + creatives that believe imagery should be always be fueled by artistic fervor and integrity — and stock is no exception. We believe in collaboration, transparency, and leadership in ethical business practices so being a Stocksy contributor and co-op member means you have the  opportunity to drive business direction through elections, resolutions, voting and annual general meetings. Your voice matters.


How long will the Call To Artists (CTA) stay open?

As of now, the CTA is open indefinitely. We will give ample warning if we have any plans to change the duration of the CTA.

What are you looking for?

As a Co-op, we accept only a small number of talented stock photographers and filmmakers each month. We are searching for artists who can help us expand our collection into areas we haven’t yet explored. While we don’t require artists to have years of industry experience, we do look for originality, consistency, boldness, and surprising work.

Preparing a marketable portfolio is important, but we want to see an application that accurately reflects your individual style, rather than an application that attempts to show us what you think we want to see. 

How Much Do Stocksy Contributors Get Paid? (Royalty Split)

Our artists earn 50% Royalty on Standard Licenses and 75% of Extended Licenses. You can see the pricing of each of our license types here. Artists also receive profit sharing in the form of patronage returns when the co-op has a surplus. Amounts are determined based on your contributions to the co-op through the sale of your photos and/or footage.


What is Stocksy’s exclusivity policy?

Stocksy’s content is 100% exclusive. As a member, you’ll be free to continue working with other agencies, but you may not upload the same photos or videos to other stock agencies — including photos or videos from the same shoot. Personal portfolios, social media sharing, and print + product sales are allowed.

Stocksy will license images and videos that have previously been available for licensing at another agency so long as there are no remaining exclusive or rights-managed license grants active.  We cannot accept content from free stock sites, as they generally require that you waive most or all rights to your content. Even if you remove your content from these sites, anyone who downloaded your photos or videos is free to do whatever they want with them, which may potentially include redistributing them. Because we cannot ensure exclusive rights are available to Stocksy, we cannot allow such images into the collection.


Can I submit non-exclusive photos or videos for review purposes only?

Yes, you can submit photos and videos currently with other agencies for the application process. Please type “NON-EXCLUSIVE” into the title and description when uploading to the Image Manager. If you are accepted as a Stocksy contributor and would like those assets added to your Stocksy portfolio, they will need to be deactivated from all agencies selling the photos or videos for license before we can publish them.


Do I need to have a social media presence to be accepted at Stocksy?

There is no social media or online portfolio requirement for your application. However, having an online portfolio and active social media account showing consistency in your work will increase the likelihood of acceptance.

What are the technical requirements for photo and video uploads?


  • Jpeg format
  • Minimum 6 megapixels (approx. 3000×2000)
  • We accept high-resolution digital files, film scans, polaroid scans and mobile photos
  • For film scans, the highest resolution professional lab scans are preferred, but home scanning methods are acceptable if done with proficiency
  • Logos and trademarks must be removed
  • Recognizable people will need a model release once accepted
  • All artwork and private business locations, as well as some other private locations,  will need a property release once accepted


  • Minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080
  • Clips should be between 5-30 seconds long
  • Please remove all audio before exporting
  • The footage cannot contain any logos, branding or trademarked items
  • Export trimmed footage as H.264 files at a very high-quality setting
  • Recognizable people will need a model release once accepted
  • All artwork and private business locations, as well as some other private locations,  will need a property release once accepted

Do I need to attach model and property releases with my application?

To save time, you may submit your application without model and property releases. However, it’s recommended to add a note to the image or video description to let us know that you are able to get releases if you’re accepted.


Can I upload photos or videos to my application where it would be impossible to get releases?

You may show us unreleased images or videos if you think it will give us a better idea of your overall capabilities, but we strongly prefer to see the types of images or videos you would be submitting to Stocksy if accepted as a member.

How should I post-process to achieve the Stocksy look?

We want to see your style rather than what you think the “Stocksy look” should be. We encourage our members to experiment and be creative while keeping in mind the ultimate goal of beautiful, timeless photos and videos. Here are some tips:

  • Show us a consistent style with purpose.
  • Be very selective when adding trendy effects to digital photos like vignettes, fade, fake lens flares, unnecessary color toning and split toning, etc.
  • We will ask for added digital grain to be removed.
  • In general, we prefer to see white balance and skin tones neutral/natural, unless unusual colors elevate an image as a deliberate creative choice.
  • For filmmakers and cinematographers: While trendy film-like effects generally shouldn’t be added to digital photos, they also shouldn’t be removed from film originals.
  • For filmmakers and cinematographers: ensure your graded video submissions have a natural grade and nothing too extreme, imagine clients licensing your clips to fill gaps in their projects and stories – you’d want your videos to have the most possible uses.

Will you be judging my application based on key-wording or metadata?

This functionality is open to applicants so that you can get a feel for how our Image Manager works, but it is not necessary for your application. You must add a minimum of 5 keywords and a title in order to send your photos and videos to our queue. Beyond that, it is not necessary to add metadata to your assets during the application phase.

How long will it take until I get a response?

It takes time for our team to give each application the care and thought they deserve. We will email every applicant once their application has been reviewed which may take up to a couple of months. We appreciate your support and patience as we consider everyone’s time, effort and creative energies.


Can I apply again?

We admire artists who continually improve their craft. If your application was declined in the past, don’t let that be the end of this relationship. Give yourself space to develop new ideas and material. Use this opportunity to create a new body of work that will stand out from the crowd.

Ready to apply? You can find the application for joining our global community of photographers & cinematographers here >>

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